Overview of The Plettenberg

The Garden Route is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most-visited areas and it is not difficult to see why as the craggy Outeniqua Mountains and Indian Ocean join forces to produce the Tsitsikamma forest, pristine beaches and an abundance of sea life, like frolicking pods of dolphins. Within this natural beauty that is also the country’s adventure capital (think high-speed mountain biking, the world’s highest bungee jump and tree-top zip lining), lies Plettenberg Bay, a premier beach destination and home to The Plettenberg.

An intimate hotel with outstanding views over golden Formosa Beach from its location on a rocky headland, The Plettenberg is a beacon of sophistication, understated glamour and old-world charm. The 37 rooms and suites are beautifully appointed, some with balconies overlooking the rolling surf. Guests are thoroughly spoilt in the award-winning SeaFood restaurant as well as in the luxurious Fresh Wellness Spa. The Plettenberg’s Sandbar lounge is the fashionable spot for high-voltage cocktails and after-dinner nightcaps.

Perfectly situated to ever-popular Central Beach as well as Blue Flag Robberg Beach, The Plettenberg does not forget younger guests. Children have their own special menus as well as activities, like body boarding on the ocean, playing beach tennis and cricket, giggling through popcorn and movies on a rainy day or even having interactive cooking lessons with the eternally-patient chef.

From June to November keep an eye out for families of southern right whales that return to the warmer water annually. With a good book, a glass of something delicious and a pair of binoculars, you can while away many a serene hour playing look out for these incredible sea creatures.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Fresh Wellness Centre for spa and beauty treatments
  • Two heated infinity pools
  • Stylish Sandbar and top-notch SeaFood restaurant
  • Babysitting service for younger guests
  • Spectacular seaside locale in upscale Plettenberg Bay
  • Whale watching in season from about August to December

Day tours

Rooms at The Plettenberg

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
  • Double

    Double Room

    Double Rooms have spacious bedrooms with en suite bathrooms.

    • Premier-suite


      There are five Suites that have separate lounge areas.

      • premier

        Premier Suite

        There seven Premier Suites also have separate lounge areas and private step-out balconies.

        • standard-bedroom

          Luxury Double Room

          Luxury Double Rooms also have sitting areas.

          General Facilities

          Facilities at The Plettenberg are top-notch. In addition to two heated infinity pools that have views over Plettenberg Bay and its resident dolphins, the Fresh Wellness Spa allows guests to indulge in pampering treatments and rejuvenation therapies, like world-renowned TheraVine Gold facials.

          The hotel’s boutique stocks some of South Africa’s finest designs, like unique Ardmore Ceramics and splendid pieces from jeweller Peter Gilder.

          Children are catered for with special menus and activities, like beach sports and cooking lessons. Parents also have access to babysitting services and in-room cots.

          The Plettenberg has 24-hour security, high-speed Wi-Fi, a boutique and a laundry service.


          Computer facilities


          Room service

          Secure parking


          Swimming pool

          Wi-Fi available

          Wine cellar


          Fancy trying grilled Outeniqua springbok loin or tandoori-spiced line fish? SeaFood restaurant at The Plettenberg has unrivalled views over Formosa Bay and a menu that combines local South African influences with international flair. The sophisticated décor is breezy and light, ideal for savouring the delicacies the Relais & Chateaux award-winning chef Peter Tempelhoff conjures up. Produce is sourced regionally to ensure both freshness and flavour, and popular dishes include Martha’s Cape Malay chicken and prawn curry, stir-fried calamari with egg noodles, and the ultimate seafood indulgence: the Plettenberg Deluxe Seafood Platter.

          The marble-and-glass Sandbar is an upscale bolthole for leisurely afternoon tea, pre-dinner cocktails and tapas or a celebratory glass of bubbly – it is definitely ‘the place to be seen’ in Plettenberg Bay. Leading off the Sun Lounge, The Sandbar is designed around a sophisticated palette of glass, white leater, marble and natural oak.

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